How to Grow Agave americana Plants in your Garden

Gardener's HQ Guide to Growing Century plant Mediopicta Alba

Century plant mediopicta alba
Agave americana mediopicta alba photograph by Juan Ignacio 1976.

Agave americana Growing and Care Guide

  • Scientific Name: Agave americana
  • Common Name: Century plant mediopicta alba
  • Growing Zone: USA: 8 to 11
  • Life Cycle / Plant Type: Indoor Plant, Perennial, Succulents and Cacti

Plant Details

  • Plant Height (Inches): 72 to 120
  • Plant Spread (Inches): 72 to 120
  • Time of Bloom:
  • Flower Details: White, Yellow
  • Leaf Foliage: Blue, Silvery
  • Fruit:
  • Growth Form: Rounded

Ideal Growing Conditions

  • Best Light Conditions: Partially shady to full sunlight
  • Rate of Growth: Grows slowly
  • Suitable Soil Types: Acidic, Adaptable, Alkaline, Clay, Loamy, Neutral, Sandy, Slightly alkaline, Well drained
  • Soil Moisture: Dry

Caring Conditions

  • Care:
  • Level of Maintenance: Medium
  • Propagation: From offsets taken in spring or autumn
  • How to Prune: Not usually required
  • Pests: May be attacked byscale insects
  • Diseases: Usually pest free

Further Information

  • Can Attract:
  • Tolerant of: Drought, Dry Soil
  • Best Garden Use: Container, En masse , Rock garden, Seashore, Specimen
  • Family: Asparagaceae.
  • Closely Related Species: Asparagus densiflorus and Yucca plants.
  • Miscellaneous: Entices birdlife to the garden, Attractive foliage, North American native, Naturalizing, Some parts are poisonous, Flowers are rare, Blooms are very showy
  • Genus Detail: Agave
  • Further Reading and References: Here and Here

I hope that you enjoyed this guide on how to grow Agave americana. You may also enjoy the following Gardener's HQ growing guides: How to grow Ophiopogon and Polygonatum plants.

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